Nose fillers are essentially a dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a simple sugar molecule that occurs naturally in the skin. It keeps the skin hydrated by binding water to collagen, trapping the collagen in the dermis. This trapped collagen keeps the skin looking fresher, smoother, and younger.
Hyaluronic acid can be synthesized in a lab to be used as dermal fillers to perform the same function. Hyaluronic dermal fillers used for nose reshaping are known as nose fillers.
There is an extensive variety of nose fillers that can be used for this procedure. Your doctor will choose the right one for you depending on the features you want to correct.
A non-surgical nose job using injectable fillers can correct noses that are flat, bent, crooked, or which feature pinched tips. It can also be used to correct nostrils that you feel are too high or wide.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a very versatile procedure. It can be used in a variety of ways to change and enhance the appearance of the nose.
A skilled practitioner can perform nose shaping without surgery to achieve any of these results:
- Give the nose a smoother contour by getting rid of prominent bumps
- Fill in and raise a flattened nasal bridge
- Camouflage a dorsal hump
- Straighten a crooked nose
- Change the height, width or projection of the nose
- Augment a flattened nasal bridge
- Lift a droopy nasal tip
- Correct a ski slope nose
- Improve a button nose
- Create subtle enhancements to the nasal tip
- Refine a bump or hooked nose
- Tailor the shape of your nose to your specific aesthetic desires
- Recreate your nose after nasal surgery that did not go as planned and left you with a nose you’re not happy with
While surgical rhinoplasty may be unavoidable in some cases, such as after a traumatic accident, most other nose reshaping tasks can be performed easily and quickly with a well-placed nose filler.
Surgical rhinoplasty is the traditional procedure that has been used for years to reshape noses. While it is a safe and effective procedure, it has a few major drawbacks that make it less desirable.
Major advantages of non-surgical rhinoplasty over the surgical alternative include
- A less invasive procedure
- Minimal to no pain
- No anaesthesia-related risks
- An in-office procedure that can be performed in less than an hour during a lunch time
- No lengthy downtime or recovery period after the procedure
- Almost immediate results
- Completely reversible procedure
- Outstanding anti-aging results
- Ability to make almost all types of changes
- Much more affordable nose reshaping option
Patients who choose non-surgical rhinoplasty are thrilled to be able to get the nose they want without the pain, inconvenience, cost or downtime associated with surgery.
At your first free consultation, Dr. Najem will perform a thorough examination of your nose and listen to your goals / expectations. He will also ask you several questions to determine whether or not you are well suited for this procedure. Although this is a simple, straightforward procedure, it may not be suitable for everyone. Dr. Najem will make this determination keeping your best interests in mind. He will also help you understand your options and the results of each so that you can make informed decisions about your overall treatment.
You can choose to have major changes done at one time or you can choose to have smaller subtler changes done over time to ultimately achieve your desired appearance. With years of experience performing nose reshaping without surgery, Dr. Najem has discovered that staggering two or three treatments (on average) across a period of three months achieves the best results.
Before starting the procedure, an anaesthetic cream is applied to numb the nose and surrounding areas. This topical anaesthetic is completely risk-free is and used to minimize discomfort and ensure that the procedure is as pain-free as possible.
The needles that are used to inject the nasal fillers are small and very fine. The procedure is minimally invasive and largely pain-free.
The duration of the procedure can vary from one person to another. The typical duration is anywhere from 15 minutes to 30 minutes (different sources state different durations. Please confirm and correct). The exact time it takes to complete your nose job will depend on the type and extent of corrections you want made. If you request additional treatments to maximize the results, it could take a little longer.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty requires minimal downtime and recovery. Most patients are able to get back to their daily routines right after completing the procedure. There may be slight bruising, tenderness and swelling immediately after the injections but this will calm down and disappear within a few days.
Although not absolutely necessary, we do recommend planning at least a few days of lighter activity. This gives your skin ample time to rest and recover properly. If you do need to get back to work immediately, speak to your doctor about using makeup to cover up the tell-tale signs.
The improvements will be noticeable as soon as the nose fillers are in place. The slight bruising and swelling may make it a little difficult to see the final results clearly at first. But you will be able to see the improvements more clearly after the skin heals.
Using nose fillers to make corrections and improvements offers natural-looking results. There are no glaring drastic changes that make a nose job look obvious. Instead the changes are small and subtle so they improve your appearance without being obvious.
Changes made to your nose using nose fillers will last between 18 months and 24 months. But this is not standard for all patients. The results may vary considerably from one patient to another, based on a number of factors.
The type of filler used and the rate at which your body metabolizes that filler will have a major impact on how long the results last. A few months after the procedure, your body starts to break down the hyaluronic dermal filler. When this happens, your nose will revert to its original shape. The slower the rate at which your body metabolizes the filler material, the longer your results will last.
There are things you can do to retain the results of your nose job. When the improvements start to change, you can schedule follow up sessions to maintain your desired appearance.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty does require periodic maintenance, which may seem like an inconvenience. However, the fact remains that this inconvenience is minor as compared to the alternative option – surgical rhinoplasty. Besides, it’s cheaper and less painful too. All it takes is a few minutes of your time every 18 – 24 months to retain your preferred look.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty may be the right option for you if any of these circumstances apply to you:
- You are dissatisfied with the shape, size or appearance of your nose but do not like the idea of having surgery to make any changes
- You do not have the budget to cover the high cost of rhinoplasty surgery
- You do not have the extensive downtime required after a surgical procedure
- You are considering permanent nose re-shaping but would like to test the potential results first before committing to surgical rhinoplasty
- You are not happy with your nose but are not sure what changes would look best and are looking for an option that can be easily reversed if necessary
- You just want to make minor changes or improvements that don’t warrant an extensive and expensive surgical procedure
If one or more of the above apply to you, you’ll find that nose shaping without surgery is absolutely the right choice for you. The confidence boost that you’ll get from the improved appearance can be life-changing. That too with minimal pain, expense and downtime.
If you’ve decided that this is the right option for you, the next step is to find a reputed cosmetic practitioner who has experience in this particular procedure. It’s crucial not to compromise in this regard. Getting a nose job done with an unqualified or untrained practitioner can result in several adverse effects from infection and skin damage to an asymmetrical or lumpy nose.